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September 20, 2012

10:58
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Tracee Hamilton discusses local and national sports -- and whatever else you want to talk about.

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Tracee Hamilton

Tracee Hamilton has worked at the Post since 1993, toiling in office obscurity as an editor before someone said, "Hey, you've got a lot of opinions and can write a little. Why don't you become a columnist?"

Her interests range from genealogy to Nordic combined to Kansas basketball. If ever there were a Jayhawk who once flew off a ski jump, she'd know where he was buried.

Her list of pet peeves is considerably longer, but includes Missouri basketball and poor Metro etiquette. She welcomes dissenting opinions -- in the way Great Whites welcome open-water swimmers.

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Q.

So when does Teddy win?

After clinching a postseason berth? Clinching the division? Or actually at a postseason game? (Do they even do silly stuff like that in the postseason? Having grown up in KC and now living in DC for 10 years, I don't know anything about the postseason that takes place during commercial breaks.)

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Tracee Hamilton :

This is one of the questions I'm getting more and more. I'm not sure what they do. If they let Teddy win and the Nats lose, then we'll be dealing with the Curse of Teddy for the next decade. If they EVER plan on letting Teddy win, now would seem to be the time. However, perhaps they never intend it to happen.

That's right, we're starting with the important issues of the day! Okay, let's get going.

– September 20, 2012 10:58 AM
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Post-Season ticket Not yet Available

The Nats announced post-season tickets would go on sale today at 10, but their website still doesn't have anything showing up. Do you have any updates from them? Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I thought they went on sale FRIDAY at 10. Don't feel bad; I put my trash and recycling out this morning, remembered it was Thursday and took it back in the garage.

– September 20, 2012 10:59 AM
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The reason transplants laugh at Redskins fans so much.

Yes, I know that the DC area isn't the only place filled with irrational fanatics. But you should read Boswell's latest chat transcript. He probably answers one-third the number of questions you do, but three separate Redskins questions started with: "Cut Josh Morgan now. " , "Haslett must go." and "Fire Danny Smith." This is after one very close loss. But if they win this Sunday, they will start asking about Super Bowl accommodations. As someone in the military who moves every three years, this is the most irrational fan base I've ever seen.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, after living here 19 years, I will say that yes, Skins fans tend to veer all over, but in fairness, they are incredibly loyal to the team despite the veering, and they have a lot of reasons to be frustrated by the organization.

Those are typical Monday morning rants. But wasn't it a surprise to find that Haslett and Smith had already been re-signed? Interesting timing on that story. And cutting Josh Morgan isn't the worst thing said. At least they didn't post death threats.

– September 20, 2012 11:00 AM
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WTH, O?

They do use instant reply in MLB don't they? 2 calls - glaringly bad in 2 games, in less than a week - and they equate to 2 losses. Really, I mean - REALLY? Please advise - the long lost Duct taped over skins logo'ed slippers.

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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, yes and no. It's used for home run calls (fan interference, fair vs. foul, etc.). They expanded to add foul line calls and trapped balls. It's not available in a lot of situations where it might be helpful, like plays at the plates. Selig already worries the league has gone too far, so I wouldn't count on replay being expanded any time soon. (Nice to hear from you again, btw.)

– September 20, 2012 11:01 AM
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VERY Important Win Yesterday!

There would be a whole different attitude about the Nats and their playoff hopes if they had dropped both games yesterday. By winning yesterday they shook of the sweep in Atlanta and re-established a sense of inevitibility and optimism about their playoff chances. However. . .as we used to say back in the 70s about the Bullets. . .it ain't over til the fat lady sings! I'm still sensing a certain amount of uncertainty from this team and the Braves seem unbeatable. . .the loss two nights ago not withstanding. I hear people talk about finishing a head of the Reds for the best record. . .but we shouldn't bother ourselves with that. . .we need to win the NL East first! So where are you on all this? Will we finish strong and win the East or do you have the same sense of unease that I'm experiencing and worry that they could let it all slip through our fingers?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Anyone? I believe they will win the division. Feel free to weigh in.

– September 20, 2012 11:02 AM
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Delay of Game penalty vs. time out

Tracee -- It seems to me that frequently (somewhat more than occasionally) a coach will call time out when the play clock is about to run down to zero, presumably to avoid the penalty. It also seems to me that a time out is a more valuable commodity than a five-yard penalty, since there are only three of them in each half. So I think I must be missing something. Am I?
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Tracee Hamilton :

No, but there are a lot of factors. If it's 4th and 1, they don't want to take the penalty. If it's 4th and long, the penalty might be better, allowing the punter to back up five yards and give him a better chance for placement. So in some instances, the timeout is the more prudent move, but yes, in others, the penalty would be smart because you want to have those timeouts when you need them.

– September 20, 2012 11:05 AM
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Nats 1/2 price tickets NOT

Tracee, several times this season the Nats have offered "1/2 price tickets." However, you have to order them through Ticketmaster, which means they are not really half price. Once all the fees are included, 2 $10 tix cost $16 and 2 $20 tix cost $28.50. I never use Ticketmaster because of their ridiculous "convenience" and processing fees. I'm wondering if they split these with the Nats? They're still a good deal but the 1/2 price claim is deceptive.

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Tracee Hamilton :

I don't know the answer about the split profits; I'm guessing there is some sort of deal. Like you, I avoid Ticketmaster.

– September 20, 2012 11:07 AM
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Nats will win the East

They won't dominate, but they have a comfortable lead and a good ballclub and they will get there one day at a time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

A confident voice heard.

– September 20, 2012 11:08 AM
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Equality?

Tracee, I've enjoyed your columns and chats through the years. Can you explain why women tennis players get the same prize money as men ($1.9M for winning U.S. Open), yet they play best of three matches while the men play best of five? This is flagrantly unfair!
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Tracee Hamilton :

The women fought hard for equal pay and I don't think it's unfair. There are many years in which the women are a bigger draw than the men. And the three-set matches are the rules of tennis, not the women. It's not like they demanded them. All in all, it doesn't bother me.

– September 20, 2012 11:09 AM
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Break from the season - Section 405

I took a break from the baseball season -- Friday, I went to see Springsteen at Nats Park, then I went up to New York City on Saturday to help celebrate my Mom's 90th birthday. Just got back today (Wednesday evening). It's amazing how little attention is being paid to the Nats and the NL pennant races, even in an NL East city. I pretty much had to look in the Times' agate type to find out how the Nats did. Of course, being distanced from losing all those games to Atlanta was probably a good thing for me... I will now be attending every remaining home game this season.... I guess it's good for a fan to have a couple of off days as well. Section 405
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Tracee Hamilton :

405, I think that was wise. You wouldn't  have enjoyed the Braves series and it's good to see mom! Now you're rested and ready for what lies ahead.

– September 20, 2012 11:11 AM
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Cortisone

I had a cortisone shot in my hip last spring (bursitis, tendonitis initially diagnosed; it turned out to be three ruptured disks, bone spurs and "loose bodies" from a spearing I received playing fullback in college 40 years ago). The doctor told me that it would take about 2-3 weeks for me to feel real change. Had another for carpal tunnel about 2 weeks ago (payback for 50 years of excessive guitar playing). The doctors (both) also told me there was lidocaine in the shot which would make it feel better instantly, but not affect the inflamed area. I'm left wondering about Zim and Espo's shots. Any doctors on board here that have opinions? I lean towards the psychological affects of "thinking" it's going to make it better.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, it's not going to fix torn muscles. It's an anti-inflammatory, which can often help with pain. Four shots in a season is a long; some doctors have a cap on how many shots they'll allow a patient in a year. Espinosa's situation, if it's really a bone bruise, the cortisone might help because the pain will probably lessen. In Zim's case, it will get him through the season and whatever follows. But Rizzo's comment that he'll have a little cleanup work done arthroscopically and it'll be a short recovery? It's premature to say that. That's what they thought with my right shoulder, but I woke up with an incision and major work done. You can't compare my rehab to a baseball player's because I don't have unlimited access to PT, but look at LaRoche. ONE of my procedures was a torn labrum; that was all he had done. And look how long he was down. The shoulder is a dreadful place to have surgery. So Zim's situation, I think, will be a wait and see thing.

– September 20, 2012 11:12 AM
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Raleigh, NC

Isn't it a little hypocritical of NFL players to scream player safety and sue the league for not doing more to prevent concussions while they also take advantage of replacement referees that are not calling the illegal hits to the helmet and after the whistle cheap shots? It is like having the substitute teacher in class, you know exactly what you are doing, you know it is wrong, but you continue to do it until the regular teacher returns with more discipline. Are THEY not worried about player safety?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Not sure who you mean by THEY. Replacement refs? I'm sure they've been told what to look for, but they are missing tons of calls. (I wrote all this Monday.) Remember it's not the current NFL players who are suing; it's the former players. There are current players who do care about it and those who don't. They certainly don't all speak with one voice. If the refs don't get these games under control, something bad will  happen. The hit on Fred Davis is just one example.

– September 20, 2012 11:12 AM
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NHL lockout injury issues

Say, just for example, Alex goes to Russia and tears up his knee. Does Ted have to pay him for the rest of his contract? Or since the players are locked out by the owners, they can do whatever they want regardless of what is in their contract. Thanks.
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Tracee Hamilton :

My understanding is that Ted would have to pay him. However, when he spoke of "insurance" he's paying, that's not health insurance, that's contract insurance. So he bought a policy to guarantee he'll get paid for the NHL season if they ever start it. Any injury that happens in Russia is paid for by the Russian team.

– September 20, 2012 11:13 AM
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Books and Beer

Your contemporary CU alumni, DC expat, exiled in Central Missouri here. Since you liked "Doc" by Mary Doria Russell, you'll probably like her first book "The Sparrow". I'm halfway thru "Doc" now (picked it up based on the reference here last week), most excellent. I have now finally been to the downtowns of all the old Big 8 schools. I've been driving thru Lawrence on Route 10 for years now enroute to Topeka for work but never went downtown. Remedied that last month. Wow, as a snotty, Boulder grad, downtown Lawrence was really, really nice. I'd rank it right up there with Boulder and easily ahead of the rest of the old Big 8 schools. My feelings might have been helped by the 90 minutes I spent at Free State Brewery although Olde Main Brewing in Ames makes the best Scottish Ale on the planet. Go Nats!

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Tracee Hamilton :

Yup, downtown Lawrence is great and Free State is a big reason. I hope you noted the John Brown ale shirt. That's one of my current favorite tees. Glad you enjoyed the visit.

– September 20, 2012 11:15 AM
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TV and Radio Listings

Tracee, The TV and radio listings on the Web site still show yesterday's games and times. Can you pass the word on to the Web site folks, please?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Done. Those are supposed to happen automatically but obviously a failure of our publishing system, which leaves me completely unastonished.

– September 20, 2012 11:15 AM
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baseball umpires

Please tell me that the umpire who gave the Dodgers their 6th run will suffer some negative consequences. That was the worst call I believe I have ever seen. Does the league do anything to someone who performs so poorly?
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Tracee Hamilton :

The umpires are graded over the course of the season and those grades determine who works postseason games (and thus makes more money). There doesn't seem to be any other accountability than that. Remember, they have a union, too.

– September 20, 2012 11:17 AM
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Montgomery Village, MD

O goddess of the Plains and Knower of all things GREAT and small It seems strange that the "Who pays for the added Metro costs for the playoffs ?" has yet to be resolved. All the major players --the Nats, Metro and the City --all stand to gain from a playoff appearance. How so ? Well, let's look. The Nats will sell out every home playoff game . Roughly 40,000 seats, at what, $50/ seat ?= $2million minimum, probably WAY more. Plus concession sales, playoff hats, jerseys, etc.. Sure there are some added costs , but they ain't losing any money on the deal since I believe the players get paid out of a different pot . Metro ? They have another 10,000 riders -and fares --for folks going TO the game, fares they otherwise wouldn't have that day. That's at least $30K right there before the return home FROM the game. The city ? Additional sales tax revenues on all those concession and ticket sales. Time for these folks to put on their big boy/girl pants and get this deal done. Split it 3 ways if you have to. Or bill Bud for starting these games so late. Or, just split the bill with Peter Angelos Send him 90% of it.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I can't explain it, either. It should have been decided, one way or another. Like a lot of things, it will be done at the last minute. Planning, people! Planning!

– September 20, 2012 11:18 AM
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Hi Tracee - playing to the end ....

If a pitcher is tossing a no-hitter, and the score is 1-0 or 2-0 and your team is batting and in contention, say 50 games or so left and you are oh, 3 games out of a wild card, do you bunt to get a runner on base to allow for a possible win, 8th or 9th inning? If you are leading 6-0 in the 6th or 7th inning - do you quit? If you have 1st down with 6 seconds left from your own 30 do you quit? Or do you run a hook and ladder or a hail Mary? If you are down 4 and have the ball in hoops - you quit with say 7 seconds to go? You don't pull your goalie down 1 (or 2) inside a minute or 2 in Hockey - assuming they ever play again? So why the heartburn in the NYG - TB game? Or, shall we just wipe as much as 2 minutes off the clock if the other team has no timeouts left, just quit. Sorry - I realize you got the question but I had to get it out of my system.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I quit, personally. Just kidding. Good rant. I don't know why more teams don't try for the ball but it seems to be another of those gentleman's agreements that the NFL loves so much.

– September 20, 2012 11:19 AM
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NHL?

Hi Tracee, What is withe NHL? It is as if they want to drive away any fans they might get. In the last three years the championships in Chicago, Boston and LA have sparked considerable interest and now they have a lockout. Why not post signs that say "Please forget the NHL"?
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Tracee Hamilton :

For a sport struggling to maintain a spot at the big boy table, the NHL sure is tone-deaf to its own place in the world.

– September 20, 2012 11:20 AM
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Bridled optimism

Hi, Trac! My optimism is bridled. I am not counting on a World Series win or a Redskins winning record or an NHL game before January. But it's fun to read the sports pages and care about the local team's results. I don't really have any gripes today, but nothing special either. It's just fun. Hoping you are the same. Rico
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's a great attitude to have. Maintain an even strain. One of the great lessons of "The Right Stuff."

– September 20, 2012 11:21 AM
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Nats TV Deal

Good mornong Tracee, While talking with some friends about the Nats and the playoffs we were wondering if the Nats TV deal with MASN was ever resolved by MLB? Do you have any idea? Thanks!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope. The panel assigned the job can't seem to make a decision.

– September 20, 2012 11:22 AM
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I bought playoff tickets yesterday...

... and I can't describe how excited I am. It has long been a dream of mine to experience October baseball games in person, and I am giddy with the thought of it coming soon. Making it even sweeter is the ride this team has taken us on this year. I love being a Nats fan. Which got me to thinking... There has been a lot of commentary about all the new fans coming to the park this year. Some good, some bad and a lot of nonsense in between. Sure they've been slow to fill the park (though I don't get to as many games as I'd like either), and they over-react to things (Clippard is making me nervous lately too), but they're hopefully just beginning a love for a gorgeous game that has brought the rest of us to this point. I fell in love with the game in 1991. I was in middle-school in northern FL and the Atlanta Braves were the only team in the entire southeast. The ride they went on that year brought me, and many others into the baseball tent and I've been a fan ever since. I moved to DC in 2006 and started going to Nats games as a baseball/Braves fan to be able to enjoy live professional baseball in a city that I lived in for the first time in my life. If you asked me then, I would have told you that I was still a Braves fan, but I was there to watch the game I love. When my first son was old enough to go to the park my wife and I started taking him. Of course he embraced the Nats as the only team he's ever known. That was the turning point in my team loyalty. I didn't do it consciously, but suddenly I realized I was rooting for the Nats; not just in games where the opponent wasn't the Braves, but in games against the Braves as well. This year is special, not just because the team is rewarding those of us who went to games in RFK, and sat in the stands at Nats park during 100 loss seasons; but because I've also taken my second son (now 2-1/2) to his first game. Hearing him yell "Go Nats" every couple of minutes not only made my day, but those around us. I'm starting to go a little long, but a fun moment that day was talking with the people on the Metro and reminiscing about how we all came to the game... I'd love to hear how the other chatters either embraced baseball, or the Nats. I'll never forget my first baseball game... went with my whole family on a trip to Atlanta to watch the Braves play in Fulton County stadium. An amazing experience that wasn't marred in the least by the 7-1 loss to the... Montreal Expos. I love this game.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I try to avoid really long posts but this one was so happy that I decided what the heck.

– September 20, 2012 11:23 AM
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Teddy can't win because he doesn't drink beer

According to the Wall Street Journal (August 1, 2009): Theodore Roosevelt, by contrast, did not drink beer. We know this because we have his testimony, under oath: "I do not drink beer," T.R. told the jury in the little burg of Ishpeming, Mich., nearly a century ago. Roosevelt was at the Marquette County Courthouse to clear his good name, which had been sullied by a local newspaper editor. "Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way," George Newett had written during the 1912 presidential campaign. "He gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it." Once the election was over, Teddy sued Newett for libel. In May 1913 the bully old man took the stand to declare he had "never been drunk or in the slightest degree under the influence of liquor," notwithstanding the occasional Mint Julep (made from mint grown on the White House grounds” (it seems Michelle Obama's garden isn't the first to provide for the executive mansion). Roosevelt won his case, and was awarded six cents in damages -- probably about enough, in those days, to buy a beer.

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Tracee Hamilton :

That's as good a theory as any I've heard. Bully!

– September 20, 2012 11:24 AM
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Lockout

I'm only vaguely following the NHL lockout because it seems like they have labor trouble every year. But is this a reasonable capsule summary -- eight years ago the owners locked out the players to get the system they said they needed. Now they're doing the same thing again. It's hard to take that seriously. It's like the uncle who goes ballistic at Thanksgiving because something isn't done his way, then goes ballistic again the next year because now he wants it some other way. The problem in that hypothetical is the crazy uncle.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Ah, yes, the crazy uncle is the NHL. That makes sense. Yes, they got the system they wanted and now they don't want it. A lockout when football is in full swing is only going to hurt the true hockey fan base -- which hockey can ill afford to alienate. Crazy uncle indeed!

– September 20, 2012 11:24 AM
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Stop with the Teddy needs to win stuff.

Am I the only person who thinks they can never have him win? There is one reason, and one reason only, that Teddy is the most popular racing president by far, and it isn't because of the glasses. Teddy is a huge marketing tool, and it goes away the day he wins a race. I'm guessing everyone wanting Teddy to win loves him in the only way an adult who adores a giant stuffed caricature could (myself included), but none of us would give a hoot if he won races. Teddy is special to us because he never wins.
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Tracee Hamilton :

This is what I think the Nats may be thinking. If you have him win, then what do you do? Wait another eight years?

– September 20, 2012 11:25 AM
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After Due Consideration

Cut Josh Morgan Fire Danny Smith Haslett must go !!!!!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Absolutely!!!!!!! Trying to use more exclamation points than you!!!!!!!

– September 20, 2012 11:27 AM
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Punctuation traditionalist

I despise the use of ellipses that people use. Ellipses indicate text edited out in a direct quote. Using them instead of commas, hyphens (m or n), parentheses, or periods for end of sentences is tres annoying. For a speed reader, it puts a stop on the eyes and brain. Often if I see a post on the internet with ellipses used improperly a whole lot in a post I just won't bother to read it. I assume the writer has a roomer temperature IQ.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okey dokey. One thing about this chat: We allow for all kinds of stands. I use them in direct quotes on occasion when the quote is so long and yammering that it needs to be edited. But I get your point. Or points, as it were.

– September 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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I've Ignited My Natitude

Where do I put it?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Not near the drapes! The fireplace?

– September 20, 2012 11:28 AM
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It Cost Us the Game

Giving the Dodgers that run really cost us the game. We'd have been ahead 6-5. Even if Clippard had still given Kemp the home run, and we wouldn't have scored in the bottom of the 9th, we'd have been tied & could have won in the 10th or 11th or. . .That was so WRONG! I do think we will win our division. I can't help but feel bad for my #2 team, the Bucs, who just crashed & burned. . .
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Tracee Hamilton :

My No. 2 team is the Royals, so it could be worse. I am worrying about my Tigers.

– September 20, 2012 11:30 AM
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Total Loss or Small Dent?

Is the loss of Orakpo and other defensive standouts a fatal blow for the Redskins chances this year? I mean. . .we were going to be marginal anyway. . .and now it looks as if our D could be just awful. RGIII et al will have to score 20 points a quarter just to stay in the game! Am I going all chicken little or am I speaking hard truths?

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Tracee Hamilton :

Depends on what you mean by "chances." Chances of making the playoffs were low to begin with, in my opinion. This certainly didn't help. But does it mean they won't win another game? No. Can they beat last year's record? I think so (not that that bar is very high). The offense will have to continue to score a lot of points. They're going to need Garcon to recover and no one else to get hurt to achieve that, especially on the line. I can't remember a season, at least recently, when they didn't lose linemen for one or more games. So ... fatal blow? Maybe. But fatal blow to something that probably wasn't going very far other than to establish RGIII and get him comfortable. (That took about a quarter of play, but still.)

– September 20, 2012 11:30 AM
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Twigs & Berries

May we please have some good wishes for my Showtime Trivia team, which won at the local Greene Turtle & is going to the semi-finals Saturday? We missed being in the top 5 overall by 2 points. If only we'd known who recorded Little Furry Creatures of Various Species in a Cave Jamming with a Pict (I kid you not!).
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Tracee Hamilton :

I love trivia, but with questions like that, I'd never make it. Yeesh! And congrats and good luck!

– September 20, 2012 11:31 AM
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Unsportsmanlike conduct

Wouldn't the appropriate call in "The Josh Morgan Incident" have been to assess unsportsmanlike conduct penalties to both Morgan and Cortland Finnegan? Couldn't one of the other refs have assessed the Finnegan penalty to get the call right? Why isn't this done more often? There are a lot of times when two players are involved in an unsportsmanlike conduct situation.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I would say in the majority of those incidents, the instigator gets away with it and the responder doesn't. Not always, but more often than not. You HAVE to keep your cool. You CAN'T throw the ball at an opponent, even Finnegan. You just can't.

– September 20, 2012 11:32 AM
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Ticketmaster fees

Wait a minute, how else can you buy tickets? Scalpers? A non-Ticketmaster website?
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Tracee Hamilton :

I think the poster was wanting to buy the tickets via the Nats website and not have to go through TicketMaster. This seems almost impossible these days. I have used Stub Hub with success.

– September 20, 2012 11:32 AM
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splitting Metro costs with the city ????

I think the city already built the team a brand new stadium. Somewhere around 600 million? Maybe the team could, in good faith, actually pay for something themselves once in the next 100 years or so. Or am I asking for too much?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Nope, I've already stated that I think it's time for the team to pay. The city has done its part, plus will have to pay OT for police and other services. As for Metro, what would they pay with? Free day passes?

– September 20, 2012 11:33 AM
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Dare I say it. . .Strasburg on Sunday?

So. . .apparently Davey has to pitch a not currently in the rotation starter on Sunday to avoid someone pitching on short rest when the playoffs start? Do I understand that correctly? Who will they pitch? Could it be Strasburg who has only missed one start? Will they bring up someone from AAA or pitch someone out of the bullpen? Please explain oh all knowing seer, oracle and prognosticatrix!
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Tracee Hamilton :

It will NOT be Strasburg. I repeat, it will NOT be Strasburg. Who will it be? Not sure, but they have options. That's what Class AAA is for.

– September 20, 2012 11:34 AM
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Nationals don't get all the money from ticket sales during playoffs

MLB skims some off the top (I don't know how much that is), then the remainder is split equally between both teams playing... which of course means they make up for the lost home revenue with the gained away revenue. I don't mind the Nats trying to get the city or Metro to pay the costs, that's how it's done in every other city with similar situations; but the Nats better plan on doing it if the other entities won't. I'll be furious if I have to leave early.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, we need to do a story on how playoff money is divvied up. The Nats don't get everything but there's no question they make money. And no other city has a subway system as continually broke as this one, so I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Metro to pay.

– September 20, 2012 11:36 AM
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It's amazing how little attention is being paid to the Nats and the NL pennant races, even in an NL East city.

I'm pretty sure DC didn't follow the other NL teams when the Nationals weren't doing so hot. There's a lot of sports teams in NY. They don't really have space to talk about out of market teams.
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Tracee Hamilton :

It is true in general the Nats have gotten little NATIONAL attention since the Strasburg mess ended. I am not sure that's a bad thing. They've lived without anyone outside D.C. -- and many inside D.C. --  paying attention to them for this long.

– September 20, 2012 11:37 AM
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Not really a question

On the Teddy deal. Tracy, if you haven't read "Wilderness Warrior" by David Brinkley, you should. I know you probably don't like real history books (I'm a part-time history teacher) but this one is extremely well written and readable. It tells the story of how TR became an environmentalist, saved virtually the entire bird population of the United States and established a record as the "greenest" POTUS ever. Don't expect you to post this. Just wanted to get the message to you.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I'll post it to object strenuously to the notion that I don't like "real history books." Ahem, double major, journalism and history. One of my favorites is "Mornings on Horseback."

– September 20, 2012 11:38 AM
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Who Pays for Metro for Nats Games

Why is it always the City? Why isn't it the States, since I'd guess that plenty of people who ride Metro to Nats games come from Virginia and Maryland? I understand that DC gets tax revenue, but by the time that Metro closing becomes an issue, most people are done eating and drinking and buying, so keeping people longer at the park won't increase tax revenue by much.
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Tracee Hamilton :

D.C. will get an infusion -- restaurants,  hotels, cabs, etc. (Local people spend before the games, people from out of town spend all day before the games.) But you are right that it's not a giant windfall. And D.C. did its part. I feel strongly about that. They built the stadium. That should be enough.

– September 20, 2012 11:40 AM
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English traditionalist

To the elipses hater. . .I hate it when people insert French words in otherwise perfectly good English sentences. I find it VERY annoying. . .not tres. . .not beaucoup. . .VERY! Lol. . .sorry Trace. . .but you knew this was coming!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Okay, that's funny. I like to use the occasional French phraase, but I always get it wrong so I'm going to stop. I do use ellipses on the chat. Not sure why. It's easier to type than "yada yada yada," I guess.

– September 20, 2012 11:41 AM
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Nationals turf

Can you see if the Nats will sponsor a contest where the winner gets to have the Nationals' ground crew take care of their yard for a month? We recently had the opportunity to go down behind the dugout, and the field is immaculate whereas my yard needs a lot of help. Whaddya think?
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Tracee Hamilton :

That's pretty funny. Wouldn't that be sweet? They could mow the logo in your grass.

– September 20, 2012 11:42 AM
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Nationals game

Can't the Nationals just pay my cab fare back from the game instead? It will likely be cheaper for them. Deal?
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Tracee Hamilton :

If you can find a cab. I understand that was a problem the last time this was an issue. I heard from one woman who had no idea how to get back out to Virginia (she was from out of town) and a nice fan basically drove her and her sister home. I never travel without at least one number of a cab company programmed into my phone, just in case. I've come close to being stranded a time or two (writers leave far later than fans).

– September 20, 2012 11:44 AM
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Ticketmaster

I don't know about the Nats, but the O's are requiring that you buy post-season tickets using Ticketnmaster If you buy tickets for any unplayed games, the costof the ticket is credited back to your credit card but all other fees and charges are nonrefundable. Depending n how many tickets you buy, these could be well over $100. So I am taking a pass.
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Tracee Hamilton :

If mlb is directing all teams to use Ticketmaster, then you'll have to pay the fees or skip it. The fees are ridiculously high. I guess tomorrow when tickets go on sale I'd try the phone number, unless it rings straight through to Ticketmaster.

– September 20, 2012 11:45 AM
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NHL lock out and Stephen Strasburg

Since Strasburg has been effectively locked out of playing in the MLB the rest of the year, do you see him signing with the Dynamo Moscow in the KHL so he can play with Ovechkin this fall?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, but he will only play every fifth game.

– September 20, 2012 11:46 AM
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You know

I apologize, on bended knee (as sore as my 61 spins around old sol permit) for suggesting you don't like history. How can any sports fan not like history! Also, I think Boswell has blacklisted me (he never answers my questions, and you almost always do). I once commented (to you I think) about how much I was shocked that Boswell used less when the correct usage was fewer (edited and proofread for the same law firm for 30 years). You're sweet - sort of right between the age of what my daughter would be and my wife. Carry on!
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Tracee Hamilton :

Oh, the less/fewer thing makes me nuts. We had it wrong in a headline recently and I thought my eyes would bleed. You are forgiven, of course; I wasn't mad at you to begin with. Just had to give a shout-out for my underused but much loved history degree.

– September 20, 2012 11:48 AM
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The fans should pay

A ticket buys them 9 innings of baseball, after that they're on their own.
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Tracee Hamilton :

But they can't pay for something that doesn't exist. No one is suggesting they get free rides on Metro. But they can't drive the trains (although I would argue that some could do a better job; anyone ever get those herky-jerky trains?).

– September 20, 2012 11:50 AM
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The charms of Lawrence KS

It may surprise some people to learn that William S. Burroughs, the author of Naked Lunch and other notorious works, spent his last years in Lawrence KS after living in places such as Tangiers, London, and a windowless NY apartment he called "The Bunker." He said he liked Lawrence for two reasons: no one bothered him and he was free to go out into the country and fire off weapons.
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Tracee Hamilton :

And that would still be true now, I think. There is less country around Lawrence; that's the only difference. Burroughs would be dismayed.

– September 20, 2012 11:51 AM
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I've made the big time

I have my own personal troll now on the Tracy Chat. It's sad that most people don't realize that grammar education ends in the 8th grade. It's assumed you learned proper grammar by then and if you didn't, well, trying any more is a waste of effort.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Wait, is this Ellipses Guy or Gal? I think that was just a tease. Believe me, it wasn't a troll. The unpublished posts I get, those are trolls. And while grammar is important, so is spelling. Think about that. (I will not end that sentence with an ellipses out of respect.)

– September 20, 2012 11:52 AM
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Another great book on TR

is The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. It's history, but it reads like a novel. This is a true story about surviving a trek into the Amazon way back then. Triumph over adversity. It does not explain why he can't win races against other presidents in ball parks. Bill from Columbia
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Tracee Hamilton :

He was a larger than life character. I read a good biography of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, which was also a great look at the sort of inside Washington stuff that has sadly faded, I think. I know there are more recent books about her and I wish I could think of the title of this won. Sorry, this is turning into biography reviews! But I do love them so. The new Davey Crockett one is good also.

– September 20, 2012 11:53 AM
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Metro trains

I'm honestly a bit shocked that none of the players on the Nationals have stepped up to say "It's $30K a game? Max of 10 games, so $300K at the most? We took up a collection -- we're paying for it. Thanks for your support, DC. Who loves ya, baby??" Can you imagine the VERY positive public relations they'd get out of that? Strasburg: "Since I can't contribute on the field, I wanted to contribute what I can off the field, and making sure our homefield advantage stays at the game is one way I can do that." Harper: "DC has embraced me, and I'm embracing back." Werth: "DC stood by me when I had a down year last year, and this is my way of saying thanks." Zim: "I'm just so happy to not be on a loser! I love DC!" Make it happen!!
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Tracee Hamilton :

This was already suggested in a recent column by, oh, what's her name, you know the one. ME. It would be genius.

– September 20, 2012 11:53 AM
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Ticketmaster

I asked someone from the National's business office why I had to buy through Ticketmaster and he said that it was a deal MLB has with them and all the teams have to do it. I don't know if that is true, but it makes sense that MLB will do whatever it can to squeeze some more money out of us.
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Tracee Hamilton :

That makes sense to me, I mean, the MLB would have a deal and the teams have to abide by it.

– September 20, 2012 11:54 AM
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Less money, fewer dollars

That's how I learned it, and still refer to it from time to time.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good one.

– September 20, 2012 11:55 AM
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Easy Metro Solution

START THE GAMES EARLIER! It really is that simple. People will still come and people will still watch on TV. I'm not saying an afternoon game. . .but start at 5 or 6 PM and problem solved! Am I right or am I right. . .or am I right?
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Tracee Hamilton :

Talk about something the Nats have no control over -- game times! That's MLB and TV, and unless the Nats get a lot of afternoon games, don't hold your breath.

– September 20, 2012 11:56 AM
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Little Furry Creatures & the Pict

In case nobody comes up with the answer before the chat ends, the answer is Pink Floyd. My son-in-law would have known that. He said it's the longest song title ever.
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Tracee Hamilton :

I hadn't a clue. Thanks!

– September 20, 2012 11:57 AM
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Speaking of old Big 8 towns . . .

Just back from a weekend in Lincoln (NE, not KS), marching with the Alumni Band (250 plus, with 43 of us, including me, playing trumpet). When I marched with the U of N Band the stadium held 32,500 - now it's at 83,000 plus and another addition on the way. The football is down from the 1990s, but it's still GO BIG RED! (How is Charlie doing at KU?) AHG
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Tracee Hamilton :

Good for you for marching, AHG, and I'm ignoring the Charlie question. :)

– September 20, 2012 11:57 AM
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History major

My SO's son is majoring in history and minoring in sports management. How's that for an interesting combo!
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Tracee Hamilton :

I like that.

– September 20, 2012 11:58 AM
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Burke, VA

"It [players kicking $300k of their own money for Metro] would be genius." But not ingenious as spending other people's money.
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Tracee Hamilton :

To be clear, it's about $30,000, and then you get back the money Metro makes, which isn't nearly $30,000. It's just free publicity, pure and simple. A PR firm would charge more than that to rehab a player's image -- or even give him one. It's just a great value for the money, is all I'm saying.

– September 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Hum

Did I misspell a word of make a typo? I try to be clean here. Please enlighten.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Well, if you're the person who wrote about Tracy's Chat, then yes, you did misspell a word. Remember, I can't tell who is writing these posts, but I assume you are that person. If I threw a hissy about every person that misspelled my name, I'd be throwing hissies -- and I have no idea how to spell that -- all the livelong day. But I don't. That's why I suggested that you might be overreacting re ellipses.

– September 20, 2012 12:03 PM
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RE: how else can you buy tickets?

Labor Day I decided at the last minute to go to the game. Stood in line at box office. Got $12 seat for $9 (total) with my federal employee ID.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Sure, during the regular season, you can always go to the box office.

– September 20, 2012 12:05 PM
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Early Playoff Start Times

Unless they are playing a big market team, that wish will be granted. The Tampa Bay Rays get a lot of 4 pm start times, the Yankees get 8 pm. This will change once Nattitude sweeps the Nation.
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Tracee Hamilton :

Yes, but that's the networks making that decision, not the Nats asking for those times. Ratings. You are correct, however; once the country has ignited its Natitude, the Nats will supplant the Yankees!

– September 20, 2012 12:06 PM
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less and fewer

More music and Les Nessman (from WKRP in Cincinnati).
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Tracee Hamilton :

As God is my witness I thought turkeys could fly.

– September 20, 2012 12:07 PM
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Teddy

The earlier commenter was right that we only care about Teddy because he never wins. No one ever writes in to say, "Jefferson's on a hot streak lately" or "Lincoln needs to get his head in the race" or "Washington's WAR is up to 5 races", do they?
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Tracee Hamilton :

They certainly don't! And on that note, we will stop. Teddy is the alpha and omega of today's chat.

Thanks, everyone!

– September 20, 2012 12:07 PM
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